I was eager to catch Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin as I missed them when they opened up for Birdmonster last year. These young lads from Missouri came out with a well crafted album, Broom that is very catchy and good to sing along to. They started off the set with Oregon Girl which I think is the best tune and got the crowd, majority of which where young girls, into the mood. I enjoyed them but midway through I got bored and sleepy until the 2 guitarists collided when they tried to jump over each other. It was quite funny and surprised they kept playing as they hit the stage hard. Their next and last song was a let down when the lead singer’s guitar decided to expire during the song. Overall a dissapointing set with a few good (and funny) moments.
Up next was Chicago’s Chin Up Chin Up and was excited to see them again. Their 2005 CMJ performance was one of the more memorable shows. The Chicago sound has basically sucked in the late 90’s but these guys have been doing some really interesting things and continue to push the sound with their new album This Harness Can’t Ride Anything. This album comes after the tragic death of their bassist Chris Saathof by a drunk driver outside the Empty Bottle. Their live set and new tunes were energetic and fun. Although not a super show, it was great to see these guys continuing their sonic journey.
Pictures from the show.